Our syrups are handmade with only the finest ingredients of real fruit and 100% pure cane sugar. Our syrups are free of high fructose corn syrup, dairy, fat and gluten and we strive to make organic syrups when possible. Our Shave Ice Artists will ensure your guests will experience the Aloha Spirit with Auntie Viv’s!
What is Shave Ice?
“Shave Ice” or “Hawaiian Shave Ice” (not Shaved Ice with a “D”) is a fluffy and snow-like, sweet, cool and refreshing Hawaiian treat. Ice is finely shaved and then syrups are poured and absorbed into the soft snow. Whereas sno-cones are ground up ice cubes that have a coarse and “crunchy” texture.
Hawaiian shave ice is traditionally served in plastic cups with a scoop of ice cream and/or azuki beans on the bottom. A sweetened condensed milk mixture, some times called “snow cap”, can be drizzled over the top.
Auntie Viv’s Shave Ice is a family owned business where everyone is welcomed and treated like ohana (family)!
Vivian, her husband Bill and their two young keiki’s, daughters Chloe and Ella, visited Maui for the first time in 2017. Vivian fell in love at “first taste” with her very first Hawaiian shave ice. How she describes this phenomenon: “It literally was like a deliciously flavored, puffy cloud that instantly melted in my mouth and tasted like liquid gold.” Vivian says, “It was the best epicurean experience ever.”
Upon returning to the mainland, Vivian had her sights set on opening her own shave ice business. Vivian didn’t want to serve the typical crunchy, icy, sno-cone, with gross high fructose corn syrups and artificially flavored/colored syrups. It is Vivian’s goal to serve homemade syrups that are all natural, made from real fruit and 100% pure cane sugar.
I first met Auntie Viv and her husband Uncle Bill about a year ago at a friend's party where they were catering. At that time, they were just starting their business and were trying to figure out how to market it. We talked at length and I gave them a couple suggestions about using Yelp as a marketing tool. I also wrote a review here soon after.
Fast forward to today. I got an e-mail from one of my co-workers about a package addressed to me that's sitting in the mailroom. I was surprised since I wasn't expecting any packages. The thought of calling the bomb squad crossed my mind, given all the suspicious packages we have been seeing on the news lately. Okay, just kidding. No actual Harvey was harmed during this encounter! XD
The package turned out to be from Auntie Viv! It was a large bag of her artisan furikake snack mix and a big fridge magnet. In her note to me, she credited me for their success. I was taken aback by her thoughtfulness. Honestly, what I did had very little to do with their success. Her genuine personality, quality products, and superior service are the main keys to their popularity. As I'm writing this, I am still in awe by her kind and thoughtful gesture.
Auntie Viv, Mahalo for your gift! I truly appreciate it. 🙂
Auntie Viv's was at our fall festival. My 12 year old wanted to try shave ice, but she was overwhelmed with the ordering process. I decided to be a hero and come help her. There are many options, which is a good thing once you've made some solid choices about what you actually want. As I was saving the day for my child, I read the words "Kona Coffee" .... ummm... YES PLEASE! I ordered the deluxe one that comes with chocolate and Pocky and everrrrrythang. It was very sweet, a little too sweet for my taste- but it was also delicious. My daughter ordered something blue, perhaps blue raspberry? I tried some and it was very tasty indeed. Refreshing, and large enough to share with a buddy.
I always feel better about spending money when the people are exceptionally awesome. Everyone working for Aunt Viv's was so friendly and outgoing. No rush, and they want you to love what you order. When the service is fantastic, it's a treat on top of a treat. I look forward to trying out the flavors- there are a LOT. I was just reading that they mix alcohol into the shave ice for adult parties- I am IN!!
Thanks Auntie Viv's
I found these people at Fremont's Bay Area Night Market. Unfortunately, they weren't allowed to sell their shave ice that night. I found them again at Pleasanton's NorCal Night Market. Aunti Viv's makes some bomb-ass Hawaiian shave ice. I really appreciate their home-made syrup options, because they don't have that weird artificial taste, and has just the right amount of sweetness and tartness! Best of all, they have the Li Hing Mui topping that compliments the sweetness of the shave ice and primes your tongue for the ice cream at the bottom!
Please keep selling your stuff! Best wishes in your journey to a Brick and Mortar store! I hope you open up shop near me : )
When my daughter asked for a Hawaiian birthday party , I insisted that we had shave ice and boy am I glad we did! Vivian and her family showed up to serve our party guests. They arrived early to set up and be ready go as soon as our guests arrived. She was so sweet and fun, we only wish she could have sat and chatted more with us. But onto the real star is the show - the shave ice. It was AH-MAZE-ING. With our package we had 5 flavors of homemade syrups, condensed milk, homemade azuki bean and homemade Mochi along with vanilla or coconut ice cream. The combination was refreshing and flavorful. Perfect for our summer backyard event. We also tried out a bag of the delicious furikake mix she sells which is a great snack to complement the sweetness of the shave ice. Fortunately Auntie Viv is present at a number of different events in the area so if you're not booking her for a party, there are lots of opportunities to find her and get a little taste of Hawaii!